Generous $55 Million Gift to University Benefits Alzheimer’s Research

March 5, 2024 by

David and Mary Harrison in 1980s

David and Mary Harrison, pictured in the 1980s, are among UVA’s most generous benefactors. (contributed photo)

UVA President Jim Ryan announced at last Thursday’s Board of Visitors that the family of the late David and Mary Harrison have donated $55 million to the University, with $30 million designated for the new Paul and Diane Manning Institute of Biotechnology and the other $25 million to the Department of Athletics.

David and Mary Harrison are two of the University of Virginia’s most generous benefactors. The $30 million donated to the Manning Institute will be used to create The Harrison Family Translational Research Center in Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases.

“The Harrison family’s incredibly generous commitments will provide robust support for UVA students and faculty and will help foster and coordinate important work on neurodegenerative disease,” Ryan said. “I’m deeply grateful to the Harrisons for their decades of giving to UVA and for their investments in key areas of the strategic plan. The impact of their giving will be felt on Grounds for generations to come.”

Read the full story in UVA Today about this incredible gift to the University, the plans for creating the research center at the Manning Institute, and more about the donation to the Department of Athletics.


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